Just a day after acquiring him from the Edmonton Oilers, the Chicago Blackhawks have placed Jason Garrison on waivers. The veteran defenseman will be joined by Carolina Hurricanes forward Phillip Di Giuseppe, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Garrison, 34, was included alongside Drake Caggiula in the package that sent Brandon Manning back to Edmonton, but apparently isn’t in the NHL plans for the Blackhawks. Chicago had been looking for ways to rid themselves of Manning in order to give more ice time to their young defensemen, and apparently agreed to take Garrison off the Edmonton books without much use for him. Given the $650K cap hit he carries, Garrison would be completely buried in the minor leagues and not take up any salary cap for the Blackhawks while giving them an experienced option if injuries ever struck. That’s exactly the role he played last year with the Vegas Golden Knights, when he suited up 58 times for the Chicago Wolves. This would appear to be the end of Garrison’s NHL career, though there may be another team who offers him a professional tryout again next summer.
For Di Giuseppe, things are much different. The 38th overall pick from 2012 is still just 25 years old and has actually shown flashes of solid performance at the NHL level. Despite that, he can’t seem to keep him self up with the Hurricanes and will be available for the entire league once again. In 21 games this season, Di Giuseppe has just four points.